US President signs bill authorising NASA funding, Mars exploration
US President Donald Trump signed a bill known as the NASA Transition Authorization Act, authorising $19.5 billion funding for the NASA programmes and setting a new goal to send humans to Mars. It gives the US space agency the funding for fiscal year 2018 and opens a new vista to human exploration of the space. It also asks the agency to create a plan to send a crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s. The bill will make sure that NASA’s most important and effective programmes are sustained.